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St. Lawrence String Quartet performs Haydn, Berger

Eli Eli: As listeners who've heard the Saint Lawrence String Quartet's earlier Saint Paul Sunday programs can attest, its four members enter into each work they play with utter passion and humanity—as though it were the only music on earth. Appropriately enough, this week they perform two movements of Maurice Ravel's sole foray into the form alongside music by the composer most often credited with inventing it: the "Joke" quartet of Franz Joseph Haydn. We'll also hear powerful music by a composer who has collaborated directly with the ensemble: Jonathan Berger's "Doubles" and his "Eli Eli," a deeply affecting tribute to slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Listen to the performance


  • Franz Josef Haydn: Quaret in E flat major, Op. 33, No. 2 "The Joke"
    II. Scherzo: Allegro
  • Jonathan Berger: Doubles (2004)
  • Maurice Ravel: Quartet in F major
    I. Allegro moderato
    II. Assez vif-Tres rythme
  • Jonathan Berger (based on the song of D. Zehavi): Eli Eli (in memory of Daniel Pearl)


Mixed Company is written by Saint Paul Sunday staff, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the show and the classical music they love.